"Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you."
Who knew, big Jim Harbaugh is a spinner of fairy tales? God love him.
When did Jim Harbaugh tell a fairy tale?
He told a fairy tale on Tuesday.
What fairy tale did the 49ers' coach tell?
The 49ers' coach said his players are squeaky clean when it comes to taking performance-enhancing drugs. Harbaugh didn't merely say his players are clean. He announced it.
Let's listen to the 49ers' coach on illegal drugs:
"Has no place in an athlete's body. Play by the rules. And you always want to be above reproach. Especially when you're good, because you don't want people to come back and say, 'They're winning because they're cheating.' So, we want to be above reproach in everything, and do everything by the rules. Because if you cheat to win, then you've already lost."
As fairy tales go, this is right up there with the Brothers Grimm, especially that part about 49ers players being above reproach — although Harbaugh never actually said all his players are above reproach. He said he wants them to be.
Because, get this, the Niners players are not above reproach. I believe there's plenty of reproach where they are concerned. There's plenty of reproach where every NFL team is concerned. It is my opinion the league is rife with PED cheating. Football is a game of power, quickness and explosion. Some PEDs specialize in augmenting power, quickness and explosion. Some players can't resist using them.
Since 2010, the NFL suspended 50 players for PEDs. The league never discloses what drug was found in players. The players often cop to Adderall, a stimulant with amphetamine, even though they often take steroids and HGH. Adderall doesn't sound as bad. Call it the "beard" drug of choice.
Harbaugh knows all this. Well, I think he knows all this. If he doesn't, he's the most na?e man on the planet.
Here's another take on Harbaugh giving his anti-drug spiel.
He's aware some men on his roster — important men — may use illegal stuff, but he doesn't want to know. And he sure doesn't want them to get caught. It's how the Giants were with that man-made monster Barry Bonds. According to this theory, Harbaugh is on a no-need-to-know basis about drug use on his team.
You may disagree. You may say the Niners players are the most solid citizens — character guys, in football speak — and they wouldn't think of cheating. Besides that, the risks of getting caught are too great.
Forget the risks. The NFL does not test for HGH. It is my theory NFL players take HGH the way you might devour M&M's.
Is it possible selected Niners players use HGH?
As long as the NFL does not test for HGH, Harbaugh and any other coach can and will take the high road and profess a no-tolerance stance, and appear holier than thou. Obviously, Harbaugh is going to state publicly that he and the Niners will not tolerate a player testing positive for one of the league's banned substances, but he will not know if players are using PEDs for which the league is not testing.
So, why did Harbaugh, an honorable man, tell that fairy tale about his team?